Influential composers: Europe

Chris Huelsbeck

Huelsbeck has created soundtracks for more than 70 titles, the latest being Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams. Many of his scores for the Commodore 64 are regarded as classics among enthusiasts today, most notably The Great Giana Sisters. He is best known for the soundtracks to the Turrican series. Chris’s initial recognition arrived at age 17 when his composition “Shades” won first place in a music competition for the German 64’er magazine.

In 1986, Huelsbeck released the SoundMonitor program for Commodore 64. This program, featuring the idea of notation data rolling from down to up, is thought to have a significant influence on Karsten Obarski’s Ultimate Soundtracker (1987) which was a starting point for tracker music programs that are still popular today.